Bill and Gloria Gaither’s records and Homecoming videos have sold over 100 million copies. But more importantly, together they have deeply impacted the kingdom of God with the hundreds of songs and hymns they’ve penned and southern gospel standards such as “He Touched Me,” “Something Beautiful,” and “There’s Just Something about That Name.” Each year the Gaithers and their Homecoming friends perform before hundreds of thousands at their arena events, festivals and cruises. Gloria has authored more than 40 books, including Let’s Make A Memory, which has sold over 400,000 copies.
Charles R. Swindoll is the award-winning author of more than ninety books that together have sold more than 20 million copies. Chuck serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. He was named by Christianity Today as one of the twenty-five influential pastors of the past twenty-five years. His radio program, Insight for Living, which was named Program of the Year by National Religious Broadcasters and airs daily on more than 2,000 radio stations around the world. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Frisco, Texas. They have four grown children, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Max Lucado loves words – written, spoken – it does not matter. He loves to craft sentences that are memorable, inspiring and hopefully life-changing. In almost 25 years of writing, more than 100 million products—80 million books—filled with his words have been sold. Max Lucado is a Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, where he has served since 1988. He has been married to Denalyn Preston Lucado since 1981, and they have three grown daughters—Jenna, Andrea and Sara—and one son-in-law, Brett.
Sheila Cragg (MFA, Creative Writing) is a mentor/instructor for Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers Guild and also formerly served as an associate editor for Focus on the Family Publishing. She has published six books, including A Woman’s Walk with God and A Woman’s Journey toward Holiness, and numerous articles in Reader’s Digest, Family Weekly, and other periodicals. Her Experiencing Christ website ministry— www.womanswalk.com—is centered on helping women develop a devotional lifestyle and deepen their relationship with the Lord. Sheila lives in Santa Maria, California, with her husband, Ron.
In the 50+ years that have passed since he came to Christ in New York through the selfless devotion of David Wilkerson, Nicky Cruz has traveled widely around the world, speaking to hurting people in all walks of life. His ministry has reached thousands of innercity gang members as he speaks to their need from his own experience.
Dove Award-winning artist Travis Cottrell has been worship leader for Beth Moore and her wildly successful Living Proof Live! conferences for 15 years. Travis has been on LifeWay’s Top 10 Artists list for the past five year; Alive Forever has sold more than 150,000 units. He has 15,000 Twitter followers and approximately 11,000 Facebook friends. Cottrell lives in Jackson, Tennessee with his wife, Angela, and their 3 children.
In addition to winning several Grammy and Dove awards, Michael W. Smith has recorded more than 22 albums and had numerous hit songs in the Christian market and on mainstream radio. He is also involved in relief work, at home and around the world, and is the founder of Rocketown, an outreach to teenagers in a 38,000 square-foot facility in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. He has written several best-selling books including Old Enough to Know and Friends Are Friends Forever. He and his wife, Debbie, have 5 children and live in Nashville.
Husband and wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are authors and/or coauthors of more than one hundred books which have sold in excess of 2.5 million copies. They are best known for Neta’s award-winning Yada Yada series and their Trailblazer Books – a 40-volume series. They live in the Chicago metropolitan area, where Grounded is set.